A coppery orange and brown butterfly with black markings resting on some vegetation

Small Copper. Photo: Gary Holderness

View of a perching brown and orange butterfly with black markings

Small Copper. Photo: Gary Holderness

Two photos of a male Small Copper taken today, 08/09/2021 and sent in by Gary telling us:

This Small Copper has set up his territory in my modest Ferndown front garden. For the last 4 days he’s been out there like clockwork, constantly chasing off the Small and Large Whites, the only other butterflies that I’m regularly seeing in the garden now we’re well into September.  I hope he gets lucky and finds the mate he deserves before the weather breaks.

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